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Ben Younger is a Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 7 october 1972 at New York City (USA)

Ben Younger

Ben Younger
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Nationality USA
Birth 7 october 1972 (47 years) at New York City (USA)

Ben Younger (born October 7, 1972) is an American screenwriter and film director.

Biography

Early life and career
Younger was born in Brooklyn, and raised in a Modern Orthodox Jewish household in Eltingville, Staten Island. He attended a yeshiva, before entering Queens College, part of the City University of New York, where he studied political science. While at university, he started performing stand-up comedy. After leaving university, he set his sights on a career in politics, taking on a role as a policy analyst for the New York City comptroller's office, where he served as a legislative aide to Alan Hevesi. After that, he successfully managed the State Assembly campaign for Queens Democrat Melinda Katz, becoming, at 21, the city's youngest ever campaign manager.

Despite his success, Younger became disenchanted with politics, and by 1995 started to seek a creative outlet that would rekindle the excitement he felt as a stand-up comedian. He wrote and directed two short films, Maestro and L & M, as well as working on a number of feature films as a grip, and directing music videos and commercials.


Boiler Room
In 1995, he attended an interview for a job in a brokerage firm, and immediately conceived the idea that went on to become his first film, Boiler Room. He spent two years researching the underground telemarketing brokerage industry as background for his screenplay. Boiler Room was released in 2000. A corporate drama in the mold of Wall Street and Glengarry Glen Ross, with colorful dialogue that some critics compared to David Mamet, the film exposed the shady world of "chop shops" (underground brokerage firms), and starred Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Nicky Katt, Jamie Kennedy, and Ben Affleck.


Prime
Younger's second film, Prime (2005), is a romantic comedy about the relationship between a young Jewish man and an older gentile woman. The film stars Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep. The movie was prominently featured in the HBO show Unscripted because Bryan Greenberg, star of Unscripted was also the male lead in Prime. Younger appeared as himself in the episodes where the movie was featured.


Other projects
In addition to his film projects, Younger has been published in The New Yorker, and has sold a television pilot to NBC.

Younger is a keen motorcycle racing enthusiast, and has expressed a desire to make a film about road racing.

Usually with

Jennifer Todd
Jennifer Todd
(2 films)
Jon Abrahams
Jon Abrahams
(2 films)
Suzanne Todd
Suzanne Todd
(2 films)
Jordan Gelber
Jordan Gelber
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Ben Younger (3 films)

Display filmography as list

Director

Bleed for This, 1h57
Directed by Ben Younger
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Sports films, Boxing films, Le boxe anglaise
Actors Katey Sagal, Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Ciarán Hinds, Amanda Clayton, Ted Levine
Rating67% 3.3997553.3997553.3997553.3997553.399755
À la fin des années 1980, le boxeur Vinny Pazienza est au sommet de son art. Adulé, il enchaine les victoires à chaque combat. Un terrible accident de voiture va cependant remettre en cause toute sa carrière. Vinny est très grièvement blessé et se retrouve partiellement paralysé. Les médecins lui annoncent qu'il pourra un jour remarcher, mais qu'il ne devra plus jamais boxer. Vinny ne peut accepter ce diagnostic et va alors se tourner vers l'entraineur Kevin Rooney, pour recommencer à combattre. Contre l'avis de tous, Vinny va tout faire pour remonter sur le ring.
Prime
Prime (2005)
, 1h45
Directed by Ben Younger
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Psychologie
Actors Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep, Bryan Greenberg, Annie Parisse, Jon Abrahams, Zak Orth
Rating61% 3.098123.098123.098123.098123.09812
Rafi (Uma Thurman) is a recently divorced, 37-year-old career woman from Manhattan who becomes romantically involved with David (Bryan Greenberg), a talented 23-year-old Jewish painter from the Upper West Side. Rafi shares all her secrets with her therapist Lisa (Meryl Streep) who, unbeknownst to Rafi, is David's mother. Lisa, supportive of Rafi's relationship with a younger man, discovers the connection and finds herself not only faced with the ethical and moral dilemma of counseling David's girlfriend, but also the reality that she feels differently about the relationship now that she knows her son is involved. Lisa consults her own therapist, and they decide that it is in the best interest of her patient Rafi for Lisa to continue treatment, as long as the relationship remains the "fling" it appears to be.
Boiler Room, 2h
Directed by Ben Younger
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Ben Affleck, Nia Long, Nicky Katt, Ron Rifkin
Rating69% 3.4987853.4987853.4987853.4987853.498785
In 1999, Seth Davis (Ribisi), a 19-year-old Queens College dropout, runs an unlicensed casino in his apartment. Although he earns a successful living, he is a disappointment to his father, Marty (Rifkin), a New York City federal judge. One night, his cousin Adam (Kennedy) stops by the casino to play blackjack, bringing a wealthy associate named Greg Weinstein (Katt) along with him. Greg recruits Seth to join J.T. Marlin, a brokerage firm based somewhere off the Long Island Expressway, promising him that he has the opportunity to get rich.

Scriptwriter

Bleed for This, 1h57
Directed by Ben Younger
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Sports films, Boxing films, Le boxe anglaise
Actors Katey Sagal, Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Ciarán Hinds, Amanda Clayton, Ted Levine
Roles Story
Rating67% 3.3997553.3997553.3997553.3997553.399755
À la fin des années 1980, le boxeur Vinny Pazienza est au sommet de son art. Adulé, il enchaine les victoires à chaque combat. Un terrible accident de voiture va cependant remettre en cause toute sa carrière. Vinny est très grièvement blessé et se retrouve partiellement paralysé. Les médecins lui annoncent qu'il pourra un jour remarcher, mais qu'il ne devra plus jamais boxer. Vinny ne peut accepter ce diagnostic et va alors se tourner vers l'entraineur Kevin Rooney, pour recommencer à combattre. Contre l'avis de tous, Vinny va tout faire pour remonter sur le ring.
Prime
Prime (2005)
, 1h45
Directed by Ben Younger
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Psychologie
Actors Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep, Bryan Greenberg, Annie Parisse, Jon Abrahams, Zak Orth
Rating61% 3.098123.098123.098123.098123.09812
Rafi (Uma Thurman) is a recently divorced, 37-year-old career woman from Manhattan who becomes romantically involved with David (Bryan Greenberg), a talented 23-year-old Jewish painter from the Upper West Side. Rafi shares all her secrets with her therapist Lisa (Meryl Streep) who, unbeknownst to Rafi, is David's mother. Lisa, supportive of Rafi's relationship with a younger man, discovers the connection and finds herself not only faced with the ethical and moral dilemma of counseling David's girlfriend, but also the reality that she feels differently about the relationship now that she knows her son is involved. Lisa consults her own therapist, and they decide that it is in the best interest of her patient Rafi for Lisa to continue treatment, as long as the relationship remains the "fling" it appears to be.
Boiler Room, 2h
Directed by Ben Younger
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Ben Affleck, Nia Long, Nicky Katt, Ron Rifkin
Roles Writer
Rating69% 3.4987853.4987853.4987853.4987853.498785
In 1999, Seth Davis (Ribisi), a 19-year-old Queens College dropout, runs an unlicensed casino in his apartment. Although he earns a successful living, he is a disappointment to his father, Marty (Rifkin), a New York City federal judge. One night, his cousin Adam (Kennedy) stops by the casino to play blackjack, bringing a wealthy associate named Greg Weinstein (Katt) along with him. Greg recruits Seth to join J.T. Marlin, a brokerage firm based somewhere off the Long Island Expressway, promising him that he has the opportunity to get rich.

Producer

Bleed for This, 1h57
Directed by Ben Younger
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Sports films, Boxing films, Le boxe anglaise
Actors Katey Sagal, Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Ciarán Hinds, Amanda Clayton, Ted Levine
Roles Producer
Rating67% 3.3997553.3997553.3997553.3997553.399755
À la fin des années 1980, le boxeur Vinny Pazienza est au sommet de son art. Adulé, il enchaine les victoires à chaque combat. Un terrible accident de voiture va cependant remettre en cause toute sa carrière. Vinny est très grièvement blessé et se retrouve partiellement paralysé. Les médecins lui annoncent qu'il pourra un jour remarcher, mais qu'il ne devra plus jamais boxer. Vinny ne peut accepter ce diagnostic et va alors se tourner vers l'entraineur Kevin Rooney, pour recommencer à combattre. Contre l'avis de tous, Vinny va tout faire pour remonter sur le ring.